Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774
MATOT-MASEI, Numbers 30:2-36:13
By:
Rabbi Robert Rubin
Throughout history, the Jewish people have wrestled with the questions of who we are. Are we a religion, as distinguished from Catholics, Protestants and Muslims? Are we a nation, as distinguished from those who are ethnically French, Italian or Chinese? Are we both a religion and a national ethnic group at the same time, making us somewhat unusual in today's...
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By:
Gail Naron Chalew, JE Feature
In the first weeks after Katrina, when my husband and I would worry out loud about our home or our "stuff," our 14-year-old son would admonish us, "Look, you are so much better off than those people in the Superdome. You shouldn't feel sorry for yourself." And he was right. We evacuated without enduring suffering, my husband still had his...
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Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
VAETCHANAN Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 Scholar Nehama Leibowitz points out in Studies in Devarim ("Deuteronomy") that all "the main principles of Judaism - the prohibition of idolatry, the principles of the unity, love and fear of God, the Decalogue, the duty of studying Torah - all are given an honorable mention in this sidra, Vaetchanan." Much of the fifth book of the...
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